Christy . . . That is a LOT to get a handle on. I bet you ARE confused and scared.
What exactly is the urgency with your SIL . . . Are her organs affected??? If so, in what way? What are her symptoms??
Many severe flares are brought under control with high doses of steroids and then the dose is brought down gradually to a level that will keep things under control. But I'm not familiar with going right into intense chemo (although Lupus is a HUGE topic and I'm no expert). I know some of the meds used to fight this ARE chemo, but they are usually less intense than chemo for cancer. I hope she is able to get a second opinion. She should be able to get all her labwork together and run it by another rheumatologist. Problem is, it takes a couple months to get in to see many rheumies for a first appointment. I would call around and get another opinion. Just my two cents.
I hope she isn't as gravely ill as it sounds . . .. prayers and hugs for her and you.
Please keep us posted.
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